Tom Truscott, with the Michigan Historical Society, and
Jim Anderton with the Lansing Symphony, are hoping to turn
the vacant, 69-year-old Knapp’s building in Downtown Lansing into the
city’s next cultural center.
According to excerpts from the article:
Anderton, a former president of Lansing Community, is a make-things-happen kind of guy. The pair snagged an architect and
some engineers from the Christman Co., which built Knapp's, plus folks from the
Eyde Co., Knapp's owners, to look at the possibility of placing an arts center
there. Then they went to the Lansing Economic Development Corp.
“I had the cart before the horse,” Anderton said the EDC
convinced him. “We have to follow a disciplined and orderly process.”
The effort to restore a great building may not quite be
tangible, but the EDC is pursuing a downtown performing arts center. According
to EDC Vice President Karl Dorshimer, a request for qualifications has been put
out to find a consultant to develop a business plan for an arts center.
“This will not be just a study. It will be an action
plan,” said Dorshimer, emphasizing the word “action.”
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